State, local and tribal officials to get new coordinated intelligence services
| 03.01.2007 | 08:18:24 | Views: 2723 | ID:
March 1 '07: A new federal intelligence coordinating group has been established to provide state, local and tribal government officials and emergency management operations with information related to terrorism threats, disasters and other related topics which will be specifically targeted based on individual needs, FCW.com reported.
According to Lora Becker, the incoming director of the interagency federal state and local threat reporting and assessments coordination group, there is a need "for a unified voice," in federal communications and that the new analysis "is tailored to the needs of [state, local and tribal intelligence users] and advocating for those same customers."The intelligence provided will not "generate alerts, warnings or updates on homeland security threats," FCW.com reported. "Its analysts will provide strategic assessments of threats and disseminate them through established routes such as the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces and the dozens of technology-rich state information fusion centers." Additionally, there will be a cross-polination of federal intelligence agents working with state and local officials at the state fusion centers to provide a more balanced intelligence dissemination and analyzation process. According to Michael Mines, the FBI deputy assistant director for the intelligence directorate, "the FBI sees these centers as a natural bridge to the joint terrorist taskforces. We have over 100 analysts assigned to the 42 fusion centers."
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